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Nikola Jokic, victory as a way of life

May 9, 2023. The Suns and the Nuggets will play a crucial Game 5 since the two teams are tied, two wins all. Nikola Jokic and his teammates will win this meeting, then the next to conclude the series. Then there will be the sweep against the Lakers and the 4-1 Finals victory against the Heat. Now it's 3-0 against Los Angeles.

Thus, in the last fourteen playoff matches, the Nuggets have won thirteen times! Winning has almost become second nature for Michael Malone's players.

“I said it once: winning is a way of life for us. We really like it,” assures Nikola Jokic. “It feels so good to win, especially when you win a lot of matches like that. Everyone is happy, everyone wants to play and join the system. Winning is a way of life and we don't want that to change. I was there when we lost, I don't want to relive that. »

Michael Porter Jr. can only confirm this feeling of pleasure, when the victories follow one another.

“It’s nice to win matches. Except the media world, no one is interested in 11 victories in a row (against the Lakers) because it's difficult. It's not easy to beat this team. The last match, we came back from 20 points, we had to fight to come back. We like to win and the more we win, the better. »

In addition to their very, very solid collective, the reigning champions can rely on this confidence, on the positive dynamic that emanates from victories. “They have the confidence of the champion”Darvin Ham can only observe.

Nikola Jokic Percentage Rebounds
Season Team MJ Min Shots 3pts L.F. Off Def Early Pd Party Int Bp Ct Pts
2015-16 DEN 80 22 51.2 33.3 81.1 2.3 4.7 7.0 2.4 2.6 1.0 1.3 0.6 10.0
2016-17 DEN 73 28 57.8 32.4 82.5 2.9 6.9 9.8 4.9 2.9 0.8 2.3 0.8 16.7
2017-18 DEN 75 33 49.9 39.6 85.0 2.6 8.1 10.7 6.1 2.8 1.2 2.8 0.8 18.5
2018-19 DEN 80 31 51.1 30.7 82.1 2.9 8.0 10.8 7.3 2.9 1.4 3.1 0.7 20.1
2019-20 DEN 73 32 52.8 31.4 81.7 2.3 7.5 9.7 7.0 3.0 1.2 3.1 0.6 20.0
2020-21 DEN 72 35 56.6 38.8 86.8 2.9 8.0 10.8 8.3 2.7 1.3 3.1 0.7 26.4
2021-22 DEN 74 34 58.3 33.7 81.0 2.8 11.0 13.8 7.9 2.6 1.5 3.8 0.9 27.1
2022-23 DEN 69 34 63.2 38.3 82.2 2.4 9.4 11.8 9.8 2.5 1.3 3.6 0.7 24.5
2023-24 DEN 79 35 58.3 35.9 81.7 2.8 9.5 12.4 9.0 2.5 1.4 3.0 0.9 26.4
Total 675 31 55.7 35.0 82.7 2.6 8.1 10.7 6.9 2.7 1.2 2.9 0.7 21.0

How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Successful shots / Attempted shots; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def=defensive rebound; Tot = Total rebounds; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost balls; Ct: Against; Pts = Points.

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